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Amboy Crater

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Address: Old Route 66 (National Trails Hwy), Mojave Desert, Amboy, CA
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This crater created by prehistoric volcanic eruptions offers hikers a...

This crater created by prehistoric volcanic eruptions offers hikers a panoramic view of the desert.

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Awesome site on Rt 66

You don't get to see stuff like this everyday in California. Molten rock and a huge crater! We didn't get to go for the hike. I thought I saw on trip advisor there was a road that... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 March 2016
kimmirae
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Madera, California
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California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Me, my Husband & our adult daughter went to the Crater Sat. Feb.11,2016. My daughter & husband liked it but it was a long trek for me. It's quite a long walk from the parking lot to the Crater. Then you walk around near the back to climb up into the Crater. I don't like climbing up places that has... More 

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Thank Muzzysgirl
Indio, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

This is a volcanic crater that is easy to spot when you get to Amboy. It is west of the town and has a nice viewing area from afar and bathrooms.The crater itself is a ways away from the viewing and it takes about 3 hours to walk there and back so be prepared with GOOD Health and Hiking skills... More 

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Thank Jim K
Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Ya maybe little too hot in Aug to hike to the top but worth the stop anyway. 1 1/2 mile hike one way to the crater and then some to the top. Many gazebos for a picnic lunch and bathrooms that were very clean. Has a ADA ramp to a shaded gazebo. Many facts posted on the information boards around... More 

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Henley
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

We only went here because our route down the 66 took us within a mile of the viewpoint. It may be a volcano but it's long extinct and too be honest looks more like a cylindrical coal heap. Sounds a bit unkind but there you go. It's also a mile out and another back to go and walk up close... More 

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Thank Milnthorp
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Although this place is in the middle of nowhere, it is worth the drive. The crater is about a mile away from the parking lot so a very doable short hike, but if you go during warm weather be certain to bring lots of water. There is no water at the site. You will walk through black rock lava fields... More 

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Smithfield, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

Guess I only went here because it's listed on Roadside America and Trip Advisor, glad I stopped. It's so desolate and it feels creepy getting out of your car in the middle of nowhere just to look at an old volcano thingy. It's on Route 66 so stop in the parking lot (which is right along side 66), snap a... More 

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Thank BrewDog19
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

Amazing to see Drive in to the parking area just past Roy's heading west You can walk to the edge and enter via a track at the rear inside the chamber feels surreal but that could just have been the 30 min walk to get there You can walk the rim but take water and give yourself at least 2... More 

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Madera, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

You don't get to see stuff like this everyday in California. Molten rock and a huge crater! We didn't get to go for the hike. I thought I saw on trip advisor there was a road that took you up but I think it was the wrong crater. It's beautiful and amazing! Must see!

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Thank kimmirae
Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

I've seen hundreds of pics of the Amboy crater, but they really do not do justice to the actual size of the cone. The cone rises a good 250' above the surrounding landscape and can be prominently seen for miles. Entrance to the area is free and it is an un-staffed attraction. The road and parking area are clean and... More 

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Lomita, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

Amboy Crater is just outside of what is left of the town of Amboy along the old Route 66 and National Trails Highway. The crater is definitely worth a stop if you are in the area. The area has nice restrooms, tables with shade, a wheelchair accessible observation area and history of the 10,000 year old cinder cone. There is... More 

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